Bryan Station's girls can celebrate Christmas like it's 1999, or so they hope.
The Lady Defenders beat Fleming County 65-48 Wednesday night to win the iHigh Fayette County Frenzy and improve their record to 8-1.
Bryan Station hasn't had a better start since it won 27 of its first 28 games in 1999-2000 on the way to the region semifinals.
"That'd be nice," Lady Defenders Coach Karra Jackson said when asked if she'd like history to repeat itself.
Bryan Station used terrific defense to take control against previously unbeaten Fleming County in the finals at Paul Laurence Dunbar.
The Lady Defenders lived up to their nickname and gave up no easy shots in the first half. Fleming County was 2-for-23 from the field and trailed 32-13 at halftime. The Lady Panthers could have kept the margin close if they hadn't missed 13 of 22 free throws.
"I thought we played well defensively, although we fouled a lot," Jackson said.
Serena Sandusky, a 5-foot-9 sophomore, had 17 points and 16 rebounds.
"We've tried to stay focused and we've had a lot of senior leadership," Sandusky said of Bryan Station's success so far this season.
Senior Tori Clark had 15 points, and Carrington Caise had nine. Victoria McCoy added four points and 11 rebounds, helping the Lady Defenders to a 61-39 advantage on the boards.
Fleming County had a little better luck finding the basket in the second half, and trimmed a 22-point deficit to 13. But it could get no closer.
The Lady Panthers wound up shooting 12-for-59 (20 percent) from the field, and 22-for-40 (55 percent) from the foul line.
Robbie Allex and Kosha Puenta each had 16 points. They were a combined 9-for-31 from the field.
Jackson said she couldn't complain about what she's seen from her Lady Defenders in the first month of the season.
They've already beaten each of their city public-school rivals (Dunbar, Henry Clay, Lafayette and Tates Creek).
The biggest reason for their winning habit?
"Our bench play," Jackson said. "Everybody coming in, from top to bottom, is doing their part. That's been the difference-maker."
Fleming County (9-1) — M. Boyd 4, Puente 16, Allex 16, Taylor 8, Robinson 4. Totals 12-59 22-40 48.
Bryan Station (8-1) — Caise 9, A. Crumbie 9, Sandusky 17, Clark 15, Stennis 4, Stevenson 3, Prince 4, McCoy 4.
Fleming County 3 10 17 18—48
Bryan Station 15 17 20 13—65